You may think of cocktails as things best served chilled on a warm summer's evening, preferably while gazing at a tropical shoreline, but mixed drinks belong in the winter too.

In fact, there is nothing better on a cold night than a hot mixed drink. All you need to feel like you're straight out of a Charles Dickens novel is a roaring fire, someone to cuddle up with, and any one of these ten soul-warming drinks.

Hot Toddy

This classic drink is as simple as it is satisfying. While you can buy premixed hot toddy concentrate to make things even easier, we think it's worth sticking to a classic and authentic recipe like this one from Nigel Slater: "Put 1 tsp of honey and a measure of whisky in a mug or heatproof glass. Add two cloves and half a cinnamon stick then top up with just-off-the-boil water. Stir in a slice of lemon and just enough lemon juice to balance the sweetness of the honey. Drink as soon as it doesn't burn your lips."

Mulled Wine

This is about as time tested as it gets. Served all over Europe on cold winter nights for hundreds of years, we guarantee this easy mulled wine recipe will warm you right up. Missing a few of the ingredients? No worries, as long as you include wine and cinnamon, there's plenty of wiggle room regarding citrus and other spices.


Irish Coffee

Who doesn't love coffee? Add a little Bailey's to your favorite cup of joe, and there really is no better winter drink. All you need is one cup of hot black coffee, brown sugar, irish whiskey, and whipped double cream.

Wassail

You've certainly heard the old English christmas carol with the refrain that goes:

"Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too;
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year."

But it's possible you never knew exactly what wassail was. Well, whether you're christmas caroling or just Netflix and chillin', wassail is a classic winter drink sure to warm you up. It's really just a spiced hot cider, and its likely you have many of the ingredients lying around already.

Hot Buttered Rum

Yes, you really do add butter, and what isn't better with butter? This particular recipe calls for a butter batter, which may take a little work to find, but we promise it'll be worth it when you're curled up by the fireside with this delicious drink in hand.

Rumchata Hot Chocolate

If you haven't already, we can't recommend hopping on the rumchata train strongly enough. Rumchata is a cream liqueur recipe that uses five times distilled Caribbean rum and real dairy cream with natural cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and other secret flavors, and it makes for a mindblowing adult hot chocolate.

Egg Nog

It's hard to beat this classic, and it's so much better homemade. The best thing about this recipe is that the egg used is slightly cooked, so you don't have to worry about any harmful bacteria ruining your wintery celebration.


Brooke Ivey Johnson is a Brooklyn based writer, playwright, and human woman. To read more of her work visit her blog or follow her twitter @BrookeIJohnson.

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